Big Snake in Smokes Creek!

May 13, 2011 Updated May 13, 2011 at 12:39 PM EDT

By WKBW News

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Big Snake in Smokes Creek!

May 13, 2011 Updated May 13, 2011 at 12:39 PM EDT

Lackawanna, NY (WKBW)

Lackawanna Police and the Erie County Sheriff's Underwater Rescue Team were called to a report of a possible car in the water at Smokes Creek in Lackawanna early Thursday afternoon. The dive crews set up just off of Madison Avenue in Bethlehem Park to check it out.

The reported car turned out to be just auto parts...but they did get a surprise visitor just before they went in to investigate.

A large water snake ventured out for a swim...fortunately, the ringed snake took off before the divers entered the water.